(MENAFN - Muscat Daily) A team of four Omani divers will compete in the fifth Asian Diving Cup, be held in Singapore from September 13-15.
The team, which is being coached by China's Jin Xiaoyue, comprises the Masroori siblings - Salim and Ahmed - along with Nasser al Shibli and Amor al Aisri.
As part of preparations for the event, the Oman Swimming Association (OSA) has selected a five-member team to attend a two-week training camp in Malaysia from August 27-September 11. The fifth member is Ahmed al Shibli.
The quartet will directly head to Singapore after the training stint to take part in the Asian Diving Cup. They will take part in the 3m pringboard and 10m platform events.
The divers are currently training at the Sultan Qaboos Sports Complex (SQSC).
Speaking to Muscat Daily, Aisri said, ''This is the third time Oman will be participating at the Asian Diving Cup. At each of the past two editions, only two divers represented our country. But this time, there are four of us, which is a step forward in making the sport more popular within the country.''
For the divers, it is not going to be all about winning medals, says Aisri. ''We are aiming to win a medal, but it is not going to be easy, since most of the Asian divers started training when they were very young while we have been training only for the last couple of years,'' said Aisri.
''Diving is still a new sport in Oman, and we are trying to show the world that we are capable of performing at the international level. In the coming years, we will be able to get medals in Asian and international events.''
The OSA wants its divers to gain valuable experience at the Asian Diving Cup ahead of the 23rd GCC Aquatics Championship, to be held in Muscat from October 27-30.
Speaking to Muscat Daily, the OSA's technical expert, Mashal al Kasser, said, ''It is going to be a jam-packed schedule for our swimmers and divers for the next two months as we will conduct training camps and trips outside the country to get our swimmers, divers and officials ample exposure ahead of the GCC meet.''
Meanwhile, the OSA will also conduct an international diving course for referees under the auspices of world swimming body FINA from August 25-29 at the SQSC.
Bashar al Saffar, the FINA's technical diving committee member from Kuwait, will be the lecturer for the course that has already seen 30 Omani participants sign up - among them are 12 women, including one from U